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Kusasira, Buchaman not entitled to state house salary - Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe

By JOSEPH TUMWESIGYE, HERBERT ZZIWA

Friday January 17, 2020

Musicians Catherine Kusasira and Buchaman 

The State house comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe has disowned Catherine Kusasira and Mark Bugembe, commonly known as Buchaman as staff of State House under the category of Presidential Advisor.

Nakyobe, while speaking to the Presidential Affairs Committee, says that the President is yet to put their appointment in writing and It is for that reason that they are not entitled to salary as State House staff.

"As far as i am concerned, their appointment is still a pronouncement by the President that has not yet been put in writing," Nakyobe told the committee.

Lucy Nakyobe and a team from the State house were appering before the committee to Present the institution's budget estimate. From the figures, there were no changes in the amount estimated for Presidential Advisors' salaries even after the President had appointed a few more in 2019. It was at this point that the MPs on the committee questioned the comptroller on issues to do with salaries of presidential advisors.

Nakyobe further spoke about musician Full-Figure. She says that the President did not make any pronouncement on making her a Presidential advisor and that she was tasked with the role of Mobilisation for the NRM Party.

"The President has set up an office for Full Figure in Katwe to that she can help mobilise the people living in that area," Nakyobe told committee.

Early November 2019, While meeting youth from the slums of Nateete and Kibuye, President Museveni announced the appointment of the two musicians.

The State house comptroller is not the first authority to mention that the two artistes are not entitled to a salary from government.

Two weeks after the President announced their appointment, the Ministry of Public Service made it clear that Kusasira and Buchaman were not civil servants yet and are therefore not entitled to the salary that comes with the position President Museveni offered them.

“The appointments are based on one’s social standing, it can be on technical competence, but we have not seen Buchaman and Kusasira’s appointments,” David Karubanga the State Minister for Public service said.

Details to follow in our evening bulletins…